1960s Valentina Beaded & Sequin Elaborate Printed Felt Jersey Maxi Skirt
The Valentina Ltd label was a high end knit wear company that flourished through the 1950s to the 1970s and were known for the elaborate bead and sequin work on soft knits and knit jerseys. They had the bead and sequin work done in Hong Kong, where the best sequin and bead work in the world outside of the specialty ateliers in Paris was being done. This skirt only has its Saks label present but I instantly recognized the patter as I have had a full dress that from the waist down was the exact twin of this skirt.
This skirt is gorgeous and has an elaborate pattern set on a felted jersey knit. This gives the fabric a touch of added texture and it is also soft to the touch. The print covers every inch of the skirt including the 'ribbons' at the bottom hem. To construct this skirt so that the pattern perfectly lines up like this means that the pattern would have had to be all pre-thought out and laid out onto the fabric before cutting. The bead and sequin work is all done by hand and it is added to the fabric to follow and highlight the design underneath. I especially love the elaborate work around the waist band where large turquoise colored discs and rhinestones create a stunning jeweled effect all the way around the waist. Excellent condition with one small note below
Fully lined in a black silk and closes at the back with a painted metal zipper and hook & eye at the waist band.
Waist: 15" flat across from side seam to side seam
Skirt: 43" from waist to hem with 2.5" turned under the hem
Modern Sizing Equivalent: MED-LRG
This garment has been professionally cleaned, pressed and is odor free. Thoroughly checked over before shipping, it will be ready to wear upon arrival.